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Joined February 2019

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, Kyle Freeman
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Allegedly | Tiffany D Jackson
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⭐️4/5
A young adult novel that kept me guessing all the way until the end. The story of a girl who allegedly killed a small child her mother was babysitting and her trying to make a future for herself years later by proving her innocence. I thought multiple times I knew how it all would end, but never got it right. Definitely better than I was expecting!

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Bailedbailed

Had to bail on the book unfortunately. I don‘t think I‘m in the right frame of mind for such a journalistic style of writing. Maybe at a different time in life I‘ll try again. But for now, it‘ll have to be a bailed book.

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Girl in Pieces | Kathleen Glasgow
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⭐️3/5
As someone who loves early Ellen Hopkins, I was expecting to love this book. However, I wasn‘t compelled to pick it back up. I think I waited like 6 months between starting and finishing it, which could affect my opinions on the book but I think the fact I could do that also says a lot. It deals with a lot of big issues and isn‘t afraid of pushing subjects, but none of them felt fully fleshed out. I was left wanting more.

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I expected to enjoy this book because I grew up in small town Nebraska/Iowa and know where the places the book mentions are, and can point them out on a map… but I‘m really struggling. I think it has to do with being a more dry, informational read on a tablet than the novel itself. I really struggle reading on tablets but my library only had the ebook 🙈

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Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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⭐️3/5
I‘m not sure why this book didn‘t do it for me. Books that deal with hard subject matter are usually my thing, and while I know this book has an important place in literature (especially when it came out), now I feel like there are other books I would recommend before this one. Still well written, still important, but not the groundbreaking read I‘d been told about.

ErinSueGreads i think it also comes down to when you read it. I read it in early high school and it was incredibly memorable for me. 7d
Prairiegirl_reading The right book for the right reader at the right time. Definitely ground breaking at the time but now that ground is broken so it‘s not the same. I felt the same about forever by Judy Blume that I read just last year. 7d
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Currently 37% done and so far I‘m… underwhelmed. Maybe it‘s because of the high expectations from all the raving reviews I‘ve read, but I‘m just still waiting for the story to start and get good.

shammi.dc10 I also had a hard time finish it!!! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t love this one either... 1w
Soubhiville I bailed on this one. 1w
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hjreviews @shammi.dc10 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Soubhiville none of this is encouraging lol I‘ll try to finish it but it‘s going to be a rough week of reading 😬 1w
monogamist_reader I couldn't finish it... 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @hjreviews we actually read this for one of our #BotmBuddyRead discussions and that got me through it!! Lol 1w
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⭐️1/5
I really wanted to like this book, like REALLY wanted to. The format, the idea, all was great in concept but execution was horrific.

Each letter follows the exact same format, the issues the book touches on aren‘t always realistically handled, and I found myself sighing more than anything.

For a longer review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1646170719?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

Megabooks Oh yeah, this book was horrible! 1w
hjreviews @Megabooks I wonder if there is an age element, because my sister who is 6 years younger than me and the target audience age, raved about the book. She loved it. I can‘t figure out why though 1w
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This Is Where It Ends | Marieke Nijkamp
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⭐️4/5
This book seems to be a love/hate it novel. The reasons I‘m giving it a high review is because sometimes I think messages being consumable by the public is more important than craft and I cried through almost all of it.
The author looks at school shooting through multiple POVs and while the victims voices muddle together, what‘s important to me is that the shooters history is slowly revealed, but never in a way that forgives him. (Comments)

hjreviews The shooter isn‘t just evil but his abuse and bullied background aren‘t used to say “Oh poor him”. I think school shootings are complicated in nature but one thing this book does is really bring it back to the lives it destroys: the kids in school, their families, and the community. 1w
hjreviews It‘s been a while since I read it (with family in education and family in law enforcement I get a little too close to these matters), so with more space I don‘t have everything as fresh in my mind, but I also get the perspective of what you‘re really left with after this book: and it‘s a sense of urgency for change. Which seemed to be the authors goal, making the book well done overall, in my opinion. 1w
Soubhiville Great review! I‘ve had this in my kindle for ages. It might be time to read it. Thanks! 1w
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We Are the Ants | Shaun David Hutchinson
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I‘m low key obsessed with hardcover books without their jackets. I love to see the small details that are put into the covers and the color choices that are made.

BarbaraBB Lovely photo! 1w
hjreviews @BarbaraBB thank you! I don‘t have any bookshelves (or furniture really) since I moved so it‘s the closest I can get to a #shelfie 😂 1w
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle, Kyle Freeman
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Weekly goals: read Methland, Circe, and 6 Sherlock Holmes stories…

Almost didn‘t meet last week‘s goals but family was in town so I‘m giving myself some slack. Reviews of last week to come, and hopefully good posts for this week!

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We Are the Ants | Shaun David Hutchinson
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⭐️5/5
If aliens gave you a chance to save the world that took away your significant other, would you? This YA novel touches on issues such as mental health, Alzheimer‘s, sexuality, bullying, and loss in a creative way. The sci-fi element is normally a turn off for me, but I LOVE it in this book.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff What a beautiful cover! 😍 1w
hjreviews @blamethestardust I know we‘re not supposed to judge a book by its cover… but… books like this makes it so hard not to 😊 1w
RaimeyGallant Big question! 1w
Lisaw13 I loved this book ❤️ 1w
Reggie I loved this book. I hurt so much for that main character. So much loss and hurt. Oof. 1w
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We All Looked Up | Tommy Wallach
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⭐️4/5
What would you do if a meteor was coming directly for earth, dooming all life? Tommy Walsh explores that idea in this YA novel by taking stock characters and giving them dimensions. Would be a 5 star book, but of course an unnecessary love triangle was included.

Reggie The part that kinda took me out of it was when they murder the brother. I was kinda like WHAAAA???!!!! 2w
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle, Kyle Freeman
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#weeklygoals:
I‘m hoping to finish The Children of Blood and Bone by Tuesday and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Wednesday, read the next story in Sherlock, and start A Ladder to the Sky and The Last Time I Lied before the week is over. Big ambitions but let‘s see how it goes! 😊

bewareofwords Good luck! 🤗 2w
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The You I've Never Known | Ellen Hopkins
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⭐️2/5
I typically love Ellen Hopkins, but this book just didn‘t do it for me. I only finished out of respect for Ellen. The book was way longer than necessary, the twist was blaringly obvious, and I didn‘t like any of the characters.

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⭐️4/5
This niche book(definitely not a popular masses novel) captivated me due to its uniqueness coming together well, even if it doesn‘t seem like it at the time. A disjointed, non linear time line that follows women working within or in spite of Hollywood. It asks big questions that leaves you feeling… almost floundering but in a good way. Definitely not for everyone though, I‘d say only a select audience will enjoy this as much as I did.

Taylor I loved this one. 1w
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⭐️4/5
A slow starting novel that eventually wraps you up in the captivating realistic stories of a family, torn apart by Tennessee‘s Children‘s Home Society orphanage. Beautifully woven together with different time frames and heartbreaking realities, it would have been a 5 star rating if not for the cliche love angle that wasn‘t necessary to the story.

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⭐️4/5
Dystopian society where America has collapsed, Mexico built a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants, people are fighting over food and water and nothing is what it use to be.

BarbaraBB Mexico built a Wall? That‘s a great starting point for a novel! 2w
hjreviews @BarbaraBB right?! 😂 honestly, while greatly discussed, one of my favorite parts of the whole thing 2w
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Agreed! Wow. What a premise! 2w
CarolynM Lionel Shriver has a very black sense of humour. Have you read 2w
hjreviews @CarolynM I haven‘t. To be honest, an old professor recommended I give mandibles a try and I haven‘t taken the time to look into her other books. However, I‘m definitely interested now 2w
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The first chapter left feeling uneasy about the novel, however, as I move deeper into it I‘m enjoying it more. With no true likable character yet (maybe Wavy, but she‘s not your typical love-me-hug me-child either, which, while understandable, is slightly off putting) it‘s hard to say how the novel will unfold from here.

Reggie Oof this will mess with what you believe to be right. It‘s so good though! 2w
hjreviews @Reggie I‘m really loving the all the different perspectives being used… in general I‘m finding this book hard to put down! 2w
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About 30% done and really enjoying the book so far. The characters seem like they have depth to them (some more than others) and the magic element isn‘t too overwhelming that it‘s hard to understand.

ladym30 Really enjoyed this book! 3w
hjreviews @ladym30 i saw this in the bookstore like 7 months ago and was super intrigued but already had too many picked out that day😩 kind of wishing I would have switched something out for this one! 3w
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⭐️3.5/5
This book has been in my TBR pile for a while, and I‘m not sure why. It was a quick, easy read on the company wine to water that focuses on fixing the world water crisis. Doc Hendley is no great writer by any means, but as he recounts his time in countries like Haiti and Sudan, the importance of sharing the issues these people face outweighs the need for more finessed writing.

hjreviews Also, can‘t believe I‘m the first person to post anything about this book on here! 3w
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Feed | M.T. Anderson
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⭐️3/5
Black mirror feel dystopian story about technology taking over our lives in ways we might not notice. However, the story isn‘t that memorable, and to be honest, I‘d rather watch Black Mirror 😬

esurient Oh my, I loved this one. But I read it maybe 10 years ago and it published a good 10 years before that. It's interesting to see if/how new readers take to it as time marches on. 3w
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⭐️3/5
Good information on human intuition and micro-splicing, however, it felt repetitive. Also, it lacked application. The book spent a majority of its time giving us questions and examples and only a couple pages on what to do with this information. I think if we got more of a “here‘s what to do now” section, the book would be better.

SamAnne I‘m kind of feeling over Malcom Gladwell. Altho I know he has some interesting insights. 3w
hjreviews Honestly, I am too. This is the second book of his that I‘ve read (on accident) and something about him just rubs me the wrong way 3w
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⭐️3/5
The book itself is based on an interesting premise. However, the twist is beyond predictable, and i was able to put the book down for a month without picking it back up. That being said, I did enjoy it while I was reading it. Just maybe not worth all the hype it got.

tina_b.ooks I 100% agree. 3w
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Our Chemical Hearts | Krystal Sutherland
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⭐️4/5
Started off very John Green (which I don‘t think John Green even does well) but about half way through it switched and became a YAL romance story I couldn‘t put down. Still dislike most of the side characters for being eccentric for the hype, but the struggle and conflict the main characters have and face is a twist on typical YAL romance that puts it above the rest. Would recommend!

bewareofwords Great review—and I love that cover! 😍 3w
hjreviews @bewareofwords thank you! And isn‘t it gorgeous?! I‘m really into the more minimalist styles like this right now 3w
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle, Kyle Freeman
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My goal is to read a story a week. So I‘m going to attempt to review each story in a blurb and then review the collection as a whole when finished.

A Study In Scarlet: As someone who is fascinated with Sherlock as a character, I quite enjoyed the first part of the story. However, the beginning of the second part felt unnecessary and drug on. Does anyone understand why it was included when it was then paraphrased at the end?

Astroneman Love love love!!! 3w
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So excited… def need to finish one of current reads now though!

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle, Kyle Freeman
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Lazy day for me and Henry (Tuesday‘s are my Sunday‘s). While he takes a nap, I‘m going to try to sneak in another chapter or two of reading.

Anyone else really struggle with their #catsoflitsy attempting to eat their books?

GondorGirl My Tommy used to try and chomp my books. Luckily he seems to have grown out of it. 3w
julesG Not the books, but the notes stuck in some books. Not sure what my #CupidGoesPostal match had next to the note paper, but it's only the notes from this particular Litten that I had to rescue from their specific books. They are in a ziploc bag now. 😬 3w
hjreviews @GondorGirl I hope Henry grows out of it! Having to “hide” all my books all the time is irritating to my inner book nerd and desire to show off my collection 😂 3w
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Our Chemical Hearts | Krystal Sutherland
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Me: tries to take nice pictures of my books
Henry James: gets very jealous all the attention is not on him so he casually lays on the books

🙄😂❤️#catsoflitsy

suzisteffen HIS NAME IS HENRY JAMES!!! 😮😻😻😻 3w
julesG There are fish on the cover! 3w
hjreviews @suzisteffen he originally did not have a middle name, but he kept getting in trouble as a kitten and one day I yelled Henry James, it stuck 😂 3w
hjreviews @julesG oh my god, I didn‘t even notice 😂 maybe that‘s why he kept trying to eat this book 🤔 3w
suzisteffen @hjreviews That‘s awesome. I guess it‘s only right that a cat named Henry James doesn‘t want you reading some other random author. 3w
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Had a bit of a reading slump for the last couple months… but over the last couple days my library hold requests and future reading list has been growing and growing

Buechersuechtling Oh, I know this so well. 🙂 3w
hjreviews @Buechersuechtling let‘s just hope my enthusiasm keeps up as the holds start rolling in 😂 3w
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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⭐️3.5/5
Very intriguing memoir that focuses on a specific part of Woodson‘s life. I love thats it‘s written in verse, though she could have done more with form in my opinion.

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Raven's Gate | Anthony Horowitz
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⭐️3/5
A real average book, to be honest. However, the series does get better as it goes (more reviews to come) and its a fairly easy, quick read. Also, I really enjoy the lack of a romance angle. I really appreciate YA literature that has male protagonists and no romance. We need more of it.

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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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Updating the reading journal 😊 been a while so let‘s see how long this takes! I also have 4 ebooks I need to include!

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The Gatekeepers #5: Oblivion | Anthony Horowitz
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My book to read at work tonight. Let‘s see how much I can get done!

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Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) | Julie Murphy
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⭐️4/5
Great YA story about self confidence and self esteem. The messages are straightforward, making them perfect for the target audience(and adults who are struggling and need it slammed in their face). Cute, funny, relatable and motivational. Great book. Can‘t wait to watch the TV show now

ReadingOver50 I enjoyed this book. The movie was good too, but not as good as the book 😁 1mo
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Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) | Julie Murphy
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Nothing like some late night reading with some good laughs to end a day right 😂

AntoinetteBuchanan I so loved that book 1mo
hjreviews @AntoinetteBuchanan I honestly only picked it up because I know it was turned into a show. I was not expecting to like it and then I read the whole thing in a night! 1mo
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Sad Girls | Lang Leav
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⭐️ 😂😂/5
This might be the worst book I‘ve ever read. No character development, all the characters were fillers, the plot was pointless, mental illness was used as a personality booster, the main character got so many lucky breaks... even though I read this book because I heard how horrible it is, I still ended up making the same expression as the cover because I don‘t understand how this got published.

BarbaraBB Great review! 1mo
hjreviews @BarbaraBB thank you! 1mo
Buechersuechtling @BarbaraBB Yes, absolutely. I love @hjreviews review‼️ If I don‘t like a book I often find it hard to shorten my opinion to 452 characters. So: Very well done. 🙌🏼 1mo
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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Update: finally getting out of my slump, only took 2 weeks 🙄

irre I loved this one! 2mo
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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Been in sort of a reading slump. Let‘s see if this brings me out of it

Bookwormjillk Pretty cover! 2mo
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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⭐️5/5
This classic novel by and about women blew me away. After getting use to the use of dialect, I was absorbed into the story, following the main character as she tried to find and understand love in a world made against her.

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Room: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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⭐️4/5
Emma Donoghue tells the story of a woman who was kidnapped and her son who was born while she was captive. Told from the point of view of 5 year old Jack, this story on love and strength is horrifying for its relation to reality with heart warming and humorous moments.
Though it should be noted some people found Jack‘s perspective unrealistic and irritating.

ilyssa.g Love this book! And the movie adaptation was pretty good too! 2mo
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⭐️4/5
I read this book in a night. While Alborn definitely has a style, it works for this book. A story with an interesting look at death that discusses the meaning of life, the ripple effect of our actions, and some amazing quotes throughout, its an easy read that still makes you think.

All this said, I don‘t feel a desire to read the next book, but after reading a couple of his books I feel like once you‘ve read one you‘ve read them all.

Buechersuechtling Yepp, I know what you mean. After having read “Tuesdays with Morrie“ I felt no need to read more of his books. And until today this still has been the only book of Albom I read. 2mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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I‘ve tried to read this book countless times, but can never get past the first 50 pages. So here‘s to hoping an audiobook will do the trick 😬

Buechersuechtling Good luck to you. And yes I agree the first 50-70 are a bit dragging and dry … 2mo
rretzler IMO it‘s worth it. One of my all time favorites! 2mo
Dogearedcopy I hadn‘t read the book since high school and when I did return to it, it was this audiobook that I turned to! It turned out to be one of my favorite audiobooks of all time! Hope it does the trick for you to! 🙂 🎧 (edited) 2mo
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vumblereads I‘m trying to read this now and I‘m struggling 😱 2mo
hjreviews @vumblereads to be honest, I‘m still struggling with the audiobook 😅 2mo
vumblereads Lol I‘m still at 13% with the ebook. But I shall persevere! I loved Animal Farm so much and the two books are so different 😅 2mo
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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⭐️3.5/5
Bardugo continues the story of her Grisha Verse with familiar characters in King of Scars and while its not necessary to have read the previous books to read this one, I‘d recommend it to better understand the story line. My rating is probably skewed both because I love this universe and because I think Six of Crows is still better.. so maybe it even out 😆 but I‘m interested to read the second book to make any final calls on this novel.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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⭐️4/5
Great memoir about Westover‘s struggle after growing up in a house with a mentally ill parent with extremist Mormon views.
However, the novel would have benefitted with more explanations on how she went from a girl with no former education to being top of her class at college.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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⭐️3/5
I‘m not sure what to say about this book. I didn‘t love it, but I didn‘t hate it either. The tone took me a while to get use to, and I found the characters unrelatable. However, I‘m still thinking about it days after I finished reading it, which is the reason it‘s 3 stars instead of 2. I‘ll leave this review at I would only recommend this book to certain people, like those who liked Innocents and Others.

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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⭐️3/5
Bardugo rounds out the Grisha Verse series well. I was okay with the definite ending, and the final character development. However… if I wasn‘t already in love with the series it probably would have gotten a poorer rating because I had guessed the “big reveal” in the previous book.

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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⭐️4/5
I was worried to read this one after seeing some negative reviews on here but I really enjoyed it! Some people find Queenie hard to like but I found her unlikeable in a lovable way and kept rooting for her.
As her life is falling apart around her, Queenie makes one questionable decision after another in attempts to find herself in this realistic, relatable modern story on love, friendship, and self care.

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⭐️4/5
This book was hard to put down and hard to pick back up (in a good way). The heart breaking realistic tale of an Arab family dealing with domestic violence in a patriarchal culture shown from 3 generations is feminist, inspiring, and tear jerking.

While I loved almost everything about the book, I‘m really over the whole “this isn‘t a book though this is real life” plot device. Anyone else feel this way?

hjreviews Should note: triggers for abuse and domestic violence 2mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Finally have a night off to get some reading in 😊

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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As to remove any spoilers I blurred the words out… but I actually love how she formatted her texts to look like texts. Also that it isn‘t filled with crazy text talk and sounds like what someone would actually text 🙄
What do you guys think??

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